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The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness [Kindle Edition]

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
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For millennia, Buddhists have enjoyed the limitless benefits of meditation. But how does it work? And why? The principles behind this ancient practice have long eluded some of the best minds in modern science. Until now.

This groundbreaking work, with a foreword by bestselling author Daniel Goleman, invites us to join in unlocking the secrets behind the practice of meditation. Working with neuroscientists, the author provides clear insights into modern research, which indicates that systematic training in meditation can enhance activity in areas of the brain associated with happiness and compassion.

With an infectious joy and insatiable curiosity, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche weaves together the principles of Tibetan Buddhism, neuroscience, and quantum physics in a way that will forever change the way we understand the human experience. And using the basic meditation practices, he offers readers a chance to recognize the unlimited potential of our own minds.

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"I heartily recommend this to anyone interested in the healing arts, consciousness studies, and genuine contemplative practice today" -- Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within "There is real wisdom here. Fresh and clear. Rinpoche has offered us what may well be an essential link between the Buddha and contemporary neuroscience and physics... His voice is generous, intimate and refreshingly personal... Read this book" -- Richard Gere, Actor

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The Tibetan Buddhist master brings together ancient Buddhist wisdom with the latest developments in Western medicine as he presents his innovative meditation techniques for a more enlightened and happier life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (26 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS9PM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science and Buddhism 30 Dec. 2007
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This is a truly wonderful book. Although written by a Tibetan Tulka (reincarnate Lama) Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, it is a true blend of science and Buddhism. For those who are interested in the scientific answers to the working of the human mind you will find the answers here.
If like me, you follow a Buddhist Path this book is a truly remarkable piece of teaching from one of the Worlds most renowned Buddhist Teachers.
In this book Rinpoche explains how from a very young age he suffered severe panic attacks, how he dealt with pain and a host of other problems that people face.
I had the good fortune to have my copy signed at Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland, while he was teaching there this summer 2007. He will be back there in 2008 - so, if you get the chance ... he is a wonderful person to meet - full of compassion and humour.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Joy of Living 31 Mar. 2010
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This is the best book I have ever read on the concepts of buddhism and meditation. and I have read many! Scientific studies are related to Buddhist beliefs in such a way that anyone can understand the concepts and understand how our unruly thought processes shape our lives for better or worse. Meditation is taught from basic level and with a sense of humour and the instructions are incredibly easy to understand and practice. I thought I had been successfully meditating for years only to learn that I had not.
I was looking for a buddhist book that would teach me to live joyfully and spiritually and this was so easy to understand it was an absolute joy to read. I am now going to read every book I can find by this Author. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was born to write and teach and I am thrilled to have discovered his work.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Buddhism and meditation book I have read 6 Dec. 2010
By keef
I have read many books over the years on Buddhism and have always ended up thinking of Buddhism to be slightly nihilistic. At last a book on Buddhism that explains it all, in plain English (you don't need a degree in Sanskrit or English). This book has explained the many questions that I have never understood including the tricky subject of "emptiness", which does not mean nothingness as I had previously understood it to mean. Also the meditation instruction is excellent, I have taken mediation lessons in the past and read many books on the subject and always come to the conclusion that I am just a "bad subject", lol. I also found in the past that only one form of meditation "on the breath" was normally taught, so it is a great relief to try other types of meditation that suits my mentality.

A highly recommended read, that has some humour, is written by someone who understands the western mind, and amazingly considering the subject, is a light read :-)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 31 Aug. 2009
With this book I finally understand what meditation is about There is a detailed straight forward scientific explanation, followed by a step by step introduction to meditation open to everybody. I highly recommend it. The book is equally suitable to people who want to understand the workings of the mind, and those who have a spiritual leaning and would like to do some meditation, or just to calm down after a stressful day. It is the type of book that once you have read it, you will want to offer it to all of your freinds.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 2 July 2011
By Ruan
I postponed reading my copy as I thought some other books on Buddhism were more serious, but I was wrong.
This book is an amazing combination of being easy to read, very profound, and very well researched.
For all those either interested in understanding the human mind or buddhism I cannot recommend this book too highly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The joy of reading 19 Nov. 2010
This is an introductory book on buddhist Tibetan meditation. The author attempts to bring together the Western and Eastern scholarly traditions. He shows that some of the improvements brought about by meditation techniques can be explained and are corroborated by recent findings in quantum physics and cognitive sciences. It is also a practical book on Tibetan meditation techniques. Both sides of the book are helpful. The first is interesting for inquisitive minds. I do not know whether people more versed than me in physics and biology would find fault in it, though. The second part is an excellent guide for those who walk their meditation path largely on their own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read 30 Jan. 2012
I got this book out of the library and started reading it. I soon realised that there was so much information and so many ideas to contemplate that it would take a long, long time to read through it all. Therefore I bought my own copy and now I can leisurely enjoy its contents, make notes in the margins etc. and use it for reference from now on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the joy of living 3 July 2011
An excellent, easily readable book. Written in a self-effacing but confident manner, it raises many issues regarding our search for happiness, whilst at the same time integrating much modern post-quantum physics. Thoroughly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a very enlightening book
Insightful and practical. Combined the Buddhism, biology, psychology and physics together. Special multi perspective and very easy to understand the concept
Published 2 months ago by XiaoYing
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Clear as pristine mountain water
Published 4 months ago by fcavalle
5.0 out of 5 stars Radiating Joy ...
The feeling of joy somehow radiates out from the very pages of this book. I loved reading it!
Published 5 months ago by Starwalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! Clear and concise.
Ive not yet finished this book, but so far it has been fantastic. Although ive been reading Buddhist books by various authors over the years, im new to the writings of Yongey... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy yet very helpful read
This book is easy to read and quite gripping if your someone who likes this subject.
The smooth yet discriptive way the authors have writen this book makes it really open to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Clayton L. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly written an essential read
I am new to studying in this area and found the explanation of Buddhist concepts easier and it was a joy to read!
Published 17 months ago by MgtM
5.0 out of 5 stars The Joy of living
I am really enjoying this book. It brings together modern science and Buddhist philosophy in a way that satisfies my intellect and makes meditation very appealing and accessible. Read more
Published 18 months ago by julia ,illan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
I have read many books like this, but The Joy of Living is one of the best and is very easy to follow. I am just about to start it for the second time.
Published 18 months ago by Tory
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth reading
i highly recomend this book for any serious dharma students. Mingyur Rinpoche has a unique ability to draw together tibetan and scientific thinking in a way that can deepen one's... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mme Frances Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
A truly inspirational book, it's going on to my "easy to reach" bookshelf and will be re read many times I'm sure, highly recommended !
Published 23 months ago by Lynn Bentham
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